44 million Americans (1 in 7) live in poverty

People who care about poverty have probably already read this news about the new national poverty numbers over the past couple of days, but I felt it was important to post it here anyway.

On the local level at SCCAP, there’s been no doubt that we’ve been seeing more and different people in poverty than we’ve seen in the past. We’re in the same boat as the rest of the country, as the new national census numbers on poverty demonstrate.

Even though you probably already knew this was true, it still hurts to read it again – 

Recession Raises Poverty Rate to a 15-Year High

Published: September 16, 2010, The New York Times

The percentage of Americans struggling below the poverty line in 2009 was the highest it has been in 15 years, the Census Bureau reported Thursday, and interviews with poverty experts and aid groups said the increase appeared to be continuing this year.

With the country in its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, four million additional Americans found themselves in poverty in 2009, with the total reaching 44 million, or one in seven residents. Millions more were surviving only because of expanded unemployment insurance and other assistance.

To read the rest of this story at nytimes.com, click here.


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